Emily Sweeney, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Missouri (MO) (2006)
Residency:
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University Program, Pediatric Sports Medicine (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Research Interests

My research interests include injury prevention in young athletes with a focus on gymnasts.

Publications

  • Sweeney EA, Howell DR, Potter MN, Gagliardi AG, Albright JC, Provance AJ. Comparison of pediatric sports fracture outcomes based on provider type. Phys Sportsmed. 2020 Apr 17;:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32283983
  • Pimentel R, Potter MN, Carollo JJ, Howell DR, Sweeney EA. Peak sagittal plane spine kinematics in female gymnasts with and without a history of low back pain. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2020 Jun;76:105019. PubMed PMID: 32402899
  • Sweeney EA, Wilson JC, Potter MN, Dahab KS, Denay KL, Howell DR. Symptom profiles and postural control after concussion in female artistic athletes. Brain Inj. 2020 Jun 6;34(7):928-933. PubMed PMID: 32442387
  • Sweeney E, Rodenberg R, MacDonald J. Overuse Knee Pain in the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Nov;19(11):479-485. PubMed PMID: 33156034
  • Sweeney EA, Howell DR, Seehusen CN, Tilley D, Casey E. Health Outcomes Among Former Female Collegiate Gymnasts: The Influence of Sport Specialization, Concussion, and Disordered Eating. Phys Sportsmed. 2020 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33186080
  • Sweeney EA, Gregory AJM, Wingfield JJ, Scott F. Chapter 17: Radius and Ulna, Sports-related Fractures, Dislocations, and Trauma, edited by: Khodaee M, Waterbrook AL, Gammons M. Springer Publishing 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-36789-9.
  • Armento A, VanBaak K, Sweeney EA, Wilson JC, Howell DR. Presence and Perceptions of Menstrual Dysfunction Among High School Female Athletes. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. January 23-25, 2020. Glendale, AZ. Poster Presentation.
  • Sweeney EA, Wilson JC, Potter MN, Dahab KS, Denay KL, Howell DR. Symptom Profiles and Balance Control After Concussion Among Female Youth Artistic Athletes. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. January 23-25, 2020. Glendale, AZ. Poster Presentation.
  • Sweeney EA, Potter MN, Pimentel RE, Carollo JJ, Howell DR. Spinal Range of Motion and Back Pain in Female Artistic Gymnasts During Back Walkovers and Back Handsprings. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. January 24, 2020. Glendale, AZ. Podium Presentation
  • Potter MN, Pimentel RE, Kilijanek K, Carollo JJ, Howell DR, Sweeney EA. Spinal Biomechanics and Back Pain Among Female Gymnasts During Extension-Based Skills: A Feasibility Study. Combined Sections Meeting of American Physical Therapy Association. Denver, CO. Poster Presentation
  • Sweeney EA, Wilson JC, Doaud AK, Potter MN, Seehusen CN, Howell DR. Brace Use in Barefoot Athletes with Sever’s Disease. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2020. Atlanta, GA April 2020. Virtual Poster Presentation due to COVID19
  • MacDonald J, Stuart E, Rodenberg R. Musculoskeletal Low Back Pain in School-aged Children: A Review. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Mar 1;171(3):280-287. PubMed PMID: 28135365
  • MacDonald JP, Rodenberg RE, Sweeney EA. Acute knee injuries in children and adolescents: a review. JAMA Pediatr. 2020. In publication
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Member
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Member
  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine, Member
  • US Figure Skating, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado Parker Campus (Sierra Building)
9399 Crown Crest Blvd
Suite 300
Parker, CO 80318
720-777-1300

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Care by Children's Hospital Colorado
9094 E. Mineral Ave
Suite 110
Centennial, CO 80112
720-777-1310

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2013)
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine, Board Certification (2014)
  • Sports Medicine, Board Certification (2014)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Hip Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Leg Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Shoulder Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Sprains and Strains
  • Injuries and Wounds
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine
  • Spine - Spondylolysis
  • Spine - Spondylolisthesis
  • Wellness and Lifestyle - Exercise and Physical Fitness
  • Wellness and Lifestyle
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include treating a variety of sports medicine conditions including sprains, strains, fractures, and concussions. I have a special interest in injury prevention and in caring for gymnasts, especially since I was a former level 10 gymnast and judge for collegiate gymnastics. Although my background is in gymnastics, I also enjoy treating all young athletes so that I can get them back to sport as quickly as possible, but also as safely as possible! This includes making sure we take care of each athlete's injury itself, but also making sure nutrition, sleep, and other stressors are addressed when necessary.

Care Philosophy
I believe it is important to provide open communication with patients and their families. Patients should have full understanding of their diagnoses and the plan of care after a visit, and they should feel welcome to ask questions at the appointment and afterwards. Each patient and his or her family has individual needs, especially based on their sport and unique injury. I want to help each athlete get back to doing what they love, whether that is gymnastics, soccer, dance, tennis, or just being a kid!

Personal Interests
In my free time, I enjoy CrossFit, all things related to gymnastics, reading non-fiction, and trying new restaurants. I am also trying to become better at skiing and mountain biking. I love spending time with my son and my husband in Denver and in the mountains!

Volunteer Activities
I am active in outreach education by giving lectures on sports medicine topics, especially for the gymnastics community. I am also the team physician for Elizabeth High School and provide medical coverage for various sports events in the Denver area. Recently, I have started working with US Figure Skating as well.

Public Speaking
Yes
Pediatric sports medicine, injury prevention, gymnastics-related injuries, concussions, sports nutrition, and sports specialization

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Missouri (MO) (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University Program, Pediatric Sports Medicine (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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